Georgia Institute of Technology
School of Public Policy
685 Cherry Street
Atlanta, GA 30332-0345 USA
Tel: 404-385-0400 Fax: 404-385-0504

Biography: I am Professor of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). My Ph.D. is from Northwestern University, Department of Sociology (1988). My research interests are the study of innovation, sociology of science and the sociology of work and organizations.
I am currently collaborating with Sadao Nagaoka on a major survey of inventors in the US and Japan, sponsored by RIETI and the Kauffman Foundation, examining who invents, the innovation process, collaboration, and commercialization.
I am also collaborating with Wes Cohen and Ashish Arora on a major survey of innovation in the US, sponsored by NSF and Kauffman Foundation.
Professor Nagaoka and I are also conducting a large scale survey of scientists in the US and Japan, with funding from RIETI, based on an NSF funded workshop "Scientific Collaboration and Productivity".

Organization Theory (PUBP6014)
Science and Technology Policy (PUBP6014/PUBP4410)

Walsh, John P. and Li Tang. 2014. "Identification disambiguation in databases" (USPTO 8,799,237)


2018. Wang, J, YN Lee, JP Walsh. Funding model and creativity in science: Competitive versus block funding and status contingency effects. Research Policy 47 (6), 1070-1083.

2018. Jabbehdari, S, JP Walsh. Authorship norms and project structures in science. Science, Technology, & Human Values 42 (5), 872-900

2016. Walsh, John P., You-Na Lee, and Sadao Nagaoka. "Openness and innovation in the US: Collaboration form, idea generation and implementation." Research Policy 45(8): 1660-1671.

2016. Walsh, J.P., Lee, Y.-N., Jung, T., "Win, lose or draw? The fate of patented inventions." Research Policy 45(7): 1362-1373.

2016. Arora, A., W.M. Cohen and J.P. Walsh. "The acquisition and commercialization of invention in American manufacturing: Incidence and impact." Research Policy 45(6): 1113-1128.

2016. You-Na Lee and John P. Walsh. "Inventing while you work: Knowledge, non-R&D learning and innovation." Research Policy 45(1):345-359.

2015. John P. Walsh and You-Na Lee. "The bureaucratization of science." Research Policy 44(8):1584-1600.

2015. You-Na Lee, John P. Walsh, Jian Wang. "Creativity in scientific teams: Unpacking novelty and impact." Research Policy 44(3):684-697.

2015. S Shibayama, Y Baba, JP Walsh. "Organizational design of university laboratories: Task allocation and lab performance in Japanese bioscience laboratories." Research Policy 44 (3), 610-622.

2015. Igami, Masatsura, Nagaoka, Sadao, Walsh, John P. "Contribution of postdoctoral fellows to fast-moving and competitive scientific research." The Journal of Technology Transfer. 40(4):723-741.

2014. Walsh, J.P., Huang, H. Local context, academic entrepreneurship and open science: Publication secrecy and commercial activity among Japanese and US scientists. Research Policy 43, 245-260.

2012. Sotaro Shibayama, John P. Walsh, and Yasunori Baba. "Academic entrepreneurship and exchange of scientific resources: material transfer in life and materials sciences in Japanese universities." American Sociological Review 77(5) 804-830.

2011. John P. Walsh and HONG Wei. "A review on technology transfer systems in American universities." [In Chinese]. Studies in Science of Science 29(5): 641-649.

2010. Tang, Li and John P. Walsh. "Bibliometric fingerprints: name disambiguation based on approximate structure equivalence of cognitive maps." Scientometrics 84(3): 763-784.

2010. Clark, Jennifer, Hsin-I Huang and John P. Walsh. "A typology of 'innovation districts': what it means for regional resilience." Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 3(1): 121-137.

2010. Baba, Yasunori and John P. Walsh. "Embeddedness, social epistemology and breakthrough innovation: the case of the development of statins." Research Policy 39(4): 511-522.

2010. No, Yeonji and John P. Walsh. "The Importance of Foreign-Born Talent for US Innovation." Nature Biotechnology 28(3): 289-291.

2009. Hong, Wei and John P. Walsh. "For Money or Glory?: Commercialization, Competition and Secrecy in the Entrepreneurial University." Sociological Quarterly 50:145-171.

2008. Cohen, W.M. and J.P. Walsh. "Real impediments to biomedical research." Innovation Policy and the Economy 8:1-30.

2008. Walsh, John P., Yasunori Baba, Akira Goto, Yoshihito Yasaki. 2008. "Promoting University-Industry Linkages in Japan: Faculty Responses to a Changing Policy Environment." Prometheus 26: 39-54.

2007. Walsh, John P., Wesley M. Cohen and Charlene Cho. "Where excludability matters: material versus intellectual property in academic biomedical research." Research Policy 36:1184-1203.

2007. Walsh, J.P. and N.G. Maloney. "Collaboration Structure, Communication Media and Problems in Scientific Work Teams." Journal of Computer Mediated Communication 12(2), article 19.

2007. Walsh, John P. and Anne Zacharias-Walsh. "Working Longer, Living Less." Pp. 5-40 in Peter Kivisto, ed. Illuminating Social Life. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press, 4th ed. [Substantial update and revision from 3rd ed.] [1st ed., 1998; 2nd ed., 2001; 3rd ed., 2005]

2007. Baba, Y. and J.P. Walsh. "Hairisku inobeishon ni okeru kenkyusha nettowaaku no yakuwari: souyaku ni okeru nichibei hikaku" [The role of researcher networks for high-risk innovation: A comparison of drug discovery in Japan and the US.] Journal of Science Policy and Research Management 22: 45-55.

2007. Baba, Y. J.P. Walsh, Y. Yasaki, J. Suzuki, A. Goto. "Seido henkaku ni okeru sangakurenkei to kenkyuukatsudo:shitsumonhyou chousa ni yoru bunseki" ["University-industry linkages and research activity during the reform era: survey analysis"] Pp. 19-39 in A. Goto and Y. Baba, eds. Sangaku-renkei no jisshou kenkyuu [Empirical Research on University-Industry Linkages in Japan]. Tokyo: Tokyo University Press.

2006. Caulfield T., Cook-Deegan R.M., Kieff F.S., Walsh J.P. "Evidence and anecdotes: an analysis of human gene patenting controversies." Nature Biotechnology (2006 Sep) 24(9):1091-4.

2005. Baba, Yasunori, J.P. Walsh, Yoshihito Yasaki, Jun Suzuki, and Akira Goto. Seido Henkakuki ni okeru Sangakurenkei√ĎTokyo Daigaku Kyoukan he no Shitsumonhyou Chousa no Kekka. [University industry linkages in the era of reform: Results from a survey of University of Tokyo faculty.] Kagaku (October, 2005) 75(10):1199-1203.

2005. Walsh, John P., Charlene Cho and Wesley M. Cohen. "The View from the Bench: Patents, Material Transfers and Biomedical Research." Science (23 Septmeber 2005) 309:2002-2003.

2003. Cohen, Wesley M., Akira Goto, Akiya Nagata, Richard Nelson and John Walsh. "R&D information flows and patenting in Japan and the United States." In O. Grandstrand, ed. Economics, Law and Intellectual Property. Kluwer Academic Publishers.

2003. Walsh, J.P. and M. Saegusa. "Broadening 'Academic' Research: Adapting to University Reforms in Japan." Journal of Science Policy and Research Management 18:47-58.

2003. Walsh, J.P., W.M. Cohen and A. Arora. Patenting and licensing of research tools and biomedical innovation." Pp. 285-340 in W.M. Cohen and S. Merrill, eds. Patents in the Knowledge-Based Economy. Washington, DC: NAP
(Reprinted in: Maureen McKelvey and Luigi Orsenigo, ed. 2006. The Economics of Biotechnology. Cambridge: Edward Elgar Publishing.)

2003. Walsh, John P. and Wei Hong. "Secrecy is increasing in step with competition." Nature (24 April 2003) 422:801-802.

2003. Walsh, J.P., W.M. Cohen and A. Arora. "Working through the patent problem." Science (14 Feb 2003) 299:1020.

2002. Cohen, Wesley M., Akira Goto, Akiya Nagata, Richard Nelson and John Walsh. "R&D spillovers, patents and the incentives to innovate in Japan and the United States." Research Policy 31:1349-1367.

2002. Walsh, John P. and Nancy G. Maloney. "Computer Network Use, Collaboration Structures and Productivity." Pp. 433-458 in P. Hinds & S. Kiesler, eds. Distributed Work. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

2002. Cohen, Wesley M, Richard R. Nelson and John P. Walsh. "Links and Impacts: Survey Results on the Influence of Public Research on Industrial R&D." Management Science 48:1-23.
(Reprinted in: Albert N. Link, ed. 2006. Entrepreneurship and Technology Policy. Cambridge: Edward Elgar Publishing.)

2002. Cohen, Wesley M. and John P. Walsh. . "Public Research, Patents and Implications for Industrial R&D in the Drug, Biotechnology, Semiconductor and Computer Industries." Pp. 223-243 in C.W. Wessner, ed. Capitalizing on New Needs and New Opportunities: Government-Industry Partnerships in Biotechnology and Information Technologies. Washington, DC: National Academy of Sciences Press.

2000. Walsh, John P., Stephanie Kucker, Nancy Maloney and Shaul M. Gabbay. "Connecting Minds: CMC and Scientific Work."Journal of the American Society for Information Science 51(14):1295-1305.

1999 Walsh, John P. and Ann Roselle. "Computer Networks and the Virtual College." Science, Technology Industry Review 24:49-78. (Reprinted in Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences 65 (1999):22-42.

1998 Walsh, John P. "Scientific Communication and Scientific Work: A Survey of Four Disciplines." Internet Research 8(4): 363-366.

1998 Cohen, Wesley M., Richard Florida, Lucien Randazzese and John Walsh. "Industry and the Academy: Uneasy Partners in the Cause of Technological Advance." PP 171-200 in Roger Noll, ed. Challenges to Research Universities. Washington: Brookings. 

1998 Walsh, John P. and Shu-fen Tseng. "The Effects of Job Characteristics on Active Effort at Work." Work and Occupations 25:74-96.

1998 Walsh, John P. and Anne Zacharias-Walsh. "Working Longer, Living Less: Understanding Marx through the Workplace Today." Pp 107-144 in Peter Kivisto, ed. Illuminating Social Life. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

1996 Walsh, John P. and Todd Bayma. "The Virtual College: Computer-Mediated Communication and Scientific Work". The Information Society 12:343-363.

1996 Walsh, John P. and Todd Bayma. "Computer Networks and Scientific Work". Social Studies of Science 26:661-703 (Also reprinted in Culture of the Internet. Sara Kiesler (ed.) Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.)

1994 Zetka, James R. and John P. Walsh. "A Qualitative Protocol for Studying Technological Change in the Labor Process". Bulletin de Methodologie Sociologique 45:37-73.

1993 Walsh, John P. Supermarkets Transformed: Understanding Organizational and Technological Innovation. American Sociological Association Rose Monograph Series. New Brunswick, NJ; Rutgers University Press.

1993 Hesse, Bradford W., Lee S. Sproull, Sara Kiesler, and John P. Walsh. "Returns to Science: Computer Networks in Oceanography." Communications of the ACM [Association for Computing Machinery] 36(8):90-101.

1992 Walsh, John P., Sara Kiesler, Lee S. Sproull and Bradford W. Hesse. "Self-Selected and Randomly-Selected Respondents in a Computer Network Survey." Public Opinion Quarterly 56:241-244.

1992 Kiesler, Sara, John P. Walsh and Lee S. Sproull. "Computer Networks in Field Research." Pp. 239-268 in F. B. Bryant, et al., eds. Methodological Issues in Applied Psychology. New York: Plenum.

1991 Walsh, John P. "The Social Context of Technological Change: The Case of the Retail Food Industry". Sociological Quarterly 32:447-468.

1991 Maltz, Michael D., Andrew C. Gordon and Warren Friedman with Marc Buslik, Robert K. LeBailley, Paul Schnorr, Douglas R. Thomson and John P. Walsh. Mapping Crime in Its Community Setting. New York: Springer-Verlag. (Click here to download a pdf version of the book.)

1989 Walsh, John P. and Andrew C. Gordon "Intellectual Property and New Technology." Pp. 33-46 in G. Blank, J. L. McCartney and E. Brent, eds. New Technology in Sociology. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction.

1989 Walsh, John P. "Technological change and the division of labor." Work and Occupations 16:165-183.

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Arora, Ashish, Wesley M. Cohen, John P. Walsh, "The Acquisition and Commercialization of Invention in American Manufacturing: Incidence and Impact."NBER Working Paper #20264

Nagaoka, Sadao and John P. Walsh. "Commercialization and other uses of patents in Japan and the US" RIETI Discussion Paper 09-E-11.

Walsh, John P. and Sadao Nagaoka. "How "open" is innovation in the US and Japan?" RIETI Discussion Paper 09-E-022.

Nagaoka, Sadao and John P. Walsh. "The R&D process in the US and Japan." RIETI Discussion Paper Series 09-E-010.

Walsh, John P. and Sadao Nagaoka. "Who invents? Evidence from the Japan-US inventor survey." RIETI Discussion Paper 09-E-034.

Walsh, John P. and Wesley Cohen. "Does the golden goose travel?: A comparative analysis of the influence of public research on industrial R&D in the U.S. and Japan."

Cohen, Wesley M, Richard R. Nelson and John P. Walsh, "Protecting Their Intellectual Assets: Appropriability Conditions and Why U.S. Manufacturing Firms Patent (Or Not)."NBER Working Paper #7552

The Georgia Tech Survey on the Knowledge Creation Process in Science

Click here for information on the study and (soon) discussion papers with the results.

Georgia Tech/RIETI Inventor Survey

Click here for the questionnaire, and (soon) discussion papers and descriptives tables.

OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development). 2002. Genetic Inventions, Intellectual Property Rights and Licensing Practices. Paris:OECD. ETAN (European Technology Assessment Network). 1999. "Transforming European Science through Information and Communication Technologies: Challenges and Opportunities of the Digital Age." European Commission, Directorate General for Research, Directorate AP-RTD Actions: Policy Co-ordination and Strategy. [report available at]

National Science Foundation. "Connecting and Collaborating: Issues for the Sciences". National Science Foundation, Division of Social and Economic Sciences. [report available at]

2002. Walsh, J.P. Review of Youth at Work: The Unionized Fast-food and Grocery Workplace-Tannock, S. Contemporary Sociology.

1999 Walsh, John P. "'You're Looking at the Labor Board in This Plant Right Now": Activist Unionism in Meatpacking and Auto." Review essay on R. Halpern, Down on the Killing Floor, and J. Stepan-Norris and M. Zeitlin, Talking Union. In QUALITATIVE SOCIOLOGY 22:375-382.

1996 Walsh, J.P. Review of Technological change at work - McLoughlin,I, Clark,J. MANAGEMENT LEARNING 27: (1) 146-147 MAR 1996.

1995 Walsh, J.P. Review of The New Telecommunications: A Political-Economy of Network Evolution - Mansell, R. SOCIAL SCIENCE COMPUTER REVIEW 13: (4) 591-593 WIN 1995

1995 Walsh, J.P. Review of The American Grocery Store: The Business Evolution of an Architectural Space - Mayo, JM. SOCIOLOGICAL INQUIRY 65: (1) 87-89 WIN 1995.

1994 Walsh, J.P. Review of Women's Paid and Unpaid Labor - Glazer, NY. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY 99: (6) 1647-1649 MAY 1994.

1990 Walsh, J.P. Review of Beneath the Miracle: Labor Subordination in the New Asian Industrialism - Deyo, FC. CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGY 19: (5) 694-695 SEP 1990.

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